Archive for January, 2011

Fibertex Splits Business

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Danish nonwovens producer Fibertex has split its company into two legal separate entities—Fibertex Personal Care and Fibertex Nonwovens. Fibertex Personal Care will contain the company’s spunmelt operations in Denmark and Malaysia while Fibertex Nonwovens encompasses industrial operations in Denmark, the Czech Republic and South Africa.Two years ago, Fibertex’s parent company Schouw & Co. made the initial steps toward separating the two businesses when it decided to appoint joint CEOs to manage each side of the business but did not make the split official until January 1. (more…)

Teknor Apex Medical Elastomers Plant Achieves ISO-13485 Certification

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

The compounding plant where Teknor Apex Company produces the Medalist range of medical elastomers is now certified under the international ISO-13485 standard for quality management in medical manufacturing, it was announced today by the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division.

ISO-13485 specifies systems for consistent compliance with regulatory and customer requirements and includes provisions for risk management, sterile manufacturing, and traceability. “The comprehensive implementation program required for ISO-13485 certification has focused our entire St. Albans operation on processes and procedures that maximize the safety and reliability of the compounds we supply to medical device manufacturers,” said Paul Burke, business director for North America. (more…)

New generation clarifying agents for clear polypropylene offer lower taste and odour, reduce energy costs

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Polypropylene is an ideal solution to the challenges of improving the environmental responsibility of plastic packaging. Its low density helps reduce the amount of material needed, overall packaging weight that helps reduce fuel usage during shipping. It also has a low carbon footprint, thanks to fewer emissions released during manufacture. Perhaps most significant, polypropylene is easily recycled in existing waste management systems, allowing the material to be reused indefinitely. Additionally, it does not exhibit undesirable side effects during recycling, such as crosslinking and forming a gel, or off-gassing. (more…)

Plastic bottles and closures: Market trends in Europe

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Posted by Carole Kluth, senior research manager, Applied Market Information Ltd., January 13, 2011

AMI Ltd. reviews some of its findings on where further penetration of plastic materials in consumer rigid plastic container markets may exist.

Growth opportunities for blow molders, especially those in PET, are in no short supply. Research from AMI, a plastics research and consultancy, suggests that the latent potential for PET barrier bottles in beer, wine, and milk is equivalent to the current size of the carbonated soft drinks (CSD) market for PET bottles in Europe, which was just under 1 million tonnes in 2009.

Glass is reaching its limits in terms of light-weighting, and there is growing doubt among brand owners about its ability to evolve with market needs. The growing emphasis on the carbon footprint of packaging supply and end-of-life management will prove a compelling competitive advantage for plastic packaging. In particular, PET will present an increasingly persuasive case in terms of sustainability, technical performance, and aesthetics. The future growth of the blow-molded bottles business in Europe will increasingly be driven by the growth in PET packaging in new markets. (more…)

Beiersdorf transforms R&D model

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

HAMBURG: Beiersdorf, the skincare giant, is adopting a more flexible approach to new product development as a means of identifying successful future brands.

The German corporation has launched an online R&D hub, Pearlfinder, which will ask registered third parties to provide their input into projects covering areas including formulas and packaging.

Among the goods already brought to market in this way are Nivea Body Lotion, containing various active agents, and the Nano Definition Lengthening Mascara, from the same stable.

Eucerin DermoDensifyer and Nivea Visage Expert Lift both feature anti-wrinkle ingredient Bioxilift, an approach first pioneered by a French enterprise. (more…)

Wacker Polymers to increase prices by 8%

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Wacker Polymers is to increase prices for its polyvinylalcohol solutions by 8% and its vinylacetate and acrylate based dispersions by up to €40 per tonne in Europe, effective February 15.

According to Wacker, this measure has been necessitated by the continued increase in raw-material, energy and logistics costs. The price adjustments are intended to enable the company to boost the development of its product and process technologies.

Vinylacetate and acrylate based dispersions, Vinnapas and Vinnol are utilised in the manufacture of textiles, nonwovens, coatings, carpets and adhesives. Vinnacoat and Polyviol polyvinylalcohol solutions are mainly used within the printing industry.

SOURCE: WORLD TEXTILE INFORMATION NETWORK

Novamont forms North American unit

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Italian bioplastics manufacturer Novamont SpA has created a North American unit, Danbury, Conn.-based Novamont North America Inc.

The unit will market Novamont’s Mater-Bi-brand compostable and biodegradable bioplastics.

Novamont announced Jan. 19 that it plans to make “significant investments” in the North America, eventually building an integrated system of agriculture, industry and environment, including a biorefinery. (more…)

US plastics sector about halfway back to 2007 level of business

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The U.S. plastics industry is recovering quickly from the Great Recession, but is still only about halfway back to the level of business it achieved in 2007, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers.

According to the Jan. 18 report from Dave Huether, NAM’s chief economist, 2010 was “a time of recovery for manufacturing in America.”

“After falling 17 percent during the recession, manufacturing production rose for six consecutive quarters through the fourth quarter of 2010. To date, the recovery has made up a little more than half (53 percent) of the production lost during the downturn and if the pace over the past year continues in 2011, overall manufacturing production should return to its prior peak in another year.” (more…)

Some fear exodus from polypropylene, as price rises 17 cents per pound

Monday, January 24th, 2011

By Frank Esposito | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

Posted January 20, 2011

AKRON, OHIO (Jan. 20, 3:55 p.m. ET) — The 17-cent-per-pound price increase set for Jan. 1 has taken hold in the North American polypropylene market.

Regional PP makers have cited tightness in supplies of propylene monomer feedstock as a reason for the massive increase. PP prices in the region now are up an average of 23 cents per pound since June 1 — including a 2-cent price dip recorded in late 2010 — according to the Plastics News resin pricing chart.

As expected, the extreme price environment isn’t sitting well with players throughout the market, including PP maker Pinnacle Polymers LLC. The Ridgefield, Conn.-based firm is a net buyer of propylene monomer used at its 1 billion pound-per-year capacity PP plant in Garyville, La. (more…)

NSC Nonwovens launches in-line carding technology

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

NSC Nonwovens has launched a new card system for the dry laid production of nonwovens. The T.T Excelle card technology is said to consistently obtain MD/CD strength ratios under 3/1 at production speeds in excess of 250 m/min.

Following trials, the T.T Excelle card system has also shown improved bonding index values at increased production speeds, combined with a rise in CD strength of up to 80%. The card design is said to work the fibres more gently than other conventional cards, whilst low draft during the process preserves the web structure. Reduced fibre breakage ensures less need for maintenance and higher productivity, said NSC Nonwovens. (more…)